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Sean Gilder
Hillcrest, South Africa
Technical things, valves, piping, fittings, water systems, warehouse management
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Years of experience: Above 20 years
Abilities: At ease with ideas
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Was an officer in the army (infantry). Often made management positions fairly rapidly. Was successful in product development for a previous employer in the plumbing field and negotiated sales for special products and large orders to key clients. Was invited to join the SABS Technical Committee for Plumbing Components while with that company.


  • Date attended: from: 1981 to: 1985
    School: Hillcrest High School
    Description: completed matric with exemption, half colours for swimming, school swimming captain
    Degree: High School
    Field of study: Maths, science, technical drawing, economics


A lean startup by launching a single product for a very special function then expanding the range into general plumbing pipe and fittings to compete against copper tube. Copper tube is expensive and runs the risk of theft in all outdoor installations including solar water heating. Stainless steel is harder and tougher and can take higher pressures, temperatures and flow rates. It is harder to cut and therefore steal & together with a far lower scrap value it reduces theft appeal considerably. Stainless can be considered a sustainable material as 60-70% of it is made from scrap. It is 100% recyclable at the end of its useful life. It has found success in many European countries even though it has a higher cost there. Locally it can be sold at close to 25-30% less than copper tube which should make it highly appealing. It will be first to market.

Project progress: 3- Testproject-logo-part
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    Partner's function: Business Developer
    Skills: Sales and Development, Business Intelligence, Engineering
    Years of experience: 5-10 years
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